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Here’s a little game. Who said, “The game of chess is like a sword fight: you must think before you move”? The enigmatic Bobby Fischer, who spent some time in Japan before taking up residence in Iceland? Nope. It’s not local computer-chess master Larry Kaufman, either. The progenator of the above truism is actually the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA. Anybody jonesing for both Wu-Tang-style beats and back-rank checkmates can get a taste of both at the fourth annual Bum Rush the Boards Hip-Hop Chess Tournament. Part of DC Hip-Hop week, the event pitches chess to the “hip-hop generation” as a model way of “overcoming through strategic struggle.” Along with a four-round tourney (which is open to beginners and computer-besting pros alike), the festival offers free how-to workshops on hip-hop, poetry, and graffiti. RZA won’t be there, but he endorsed the combination of cultures at a similar event last year: “[T]he sword play is hip-hop, a battle lyrically, on the 64 squares, challenged intellectually.”
THE EVENT TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAY FROM 11 A.M.-6 P.M. AT THE COLUMBIA HEIGHTS COMMUNITY CENTER, 1480 GIRARD ST. NW. FREE. (202) 667-1192.